Baptism (sometimes called a Christening for very young children) is the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family. Baptism is a sign of belonging to the family of the church.
At Christ Church we ask parents to attend the church for a while before we arrange a date for the baptism of a child. That's because in baptism you make promises that you will bring the child up as part of the church family - regularly attending services and encouraging them to pray and read the Bible. The church family is there to support you so that your child’s baptism can be the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of their life.
If you're interested in getting your baby baptised then do come along to a 10am service and speak to the vicar afterwards. We love to welcome new families at Christ Church and it would be great to see you. If you're worried about how suitable the service may be for your child then you might like to try out the first Sunday of the month to begin with, as this is especially suitable for young children.
It's worth noting that increasingly many people come to baptism when they are older. For them, it is a personal response to God’s love. Together with the church family they rejoice in what Jesus Christ has done for them and express their own commitment to him.
Some people therefore decide they'd prefer to wait until their child can make the decision for themselves. If so, we are very happy to offer a Service of Thanksgiving (sometimes called a Dedication) instead.
Contact Paul or Liz for an initial conversation on 01636 611345.